My Essential Question

cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by Charles Jeffrey Danoff Narrowing the focus from my five stones (wonderings), my essential question for professional growth is: How do I balance choice and structure in Writer???s Workshop to foster passionat…

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Stones in My Shoes

cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by Crinklecrankle.com In planning my professional growth for this year, I have been asked to think about five wonderings ??? things that sit at the endge of consciousness, nagging at my attention. These are unc…

Why Every School Needs an ‘Innovation Day’

Google???s policy of 20 percent time???giving employees plenty of free time work on whatever they want???is world famous for being the birthplace of innovative products??? most famously, Gmail. But what would happen if schools gave students a similar amou…

What Learning is All About

Check out this video from Edutopia. In it, a teacher and his students are learning together ??? not just about math curricula, but about how to collaborate and communicate, how to honour diverse talents and learning, and they are learning how to lea…

Alison Gopnik: What do babies think?

Stumbled upon this TED Talk video with Alison Gopnik, whose ideas provide some perspective on how children think and engage with the world. In particular, it questions the tendency that (traditional) classrooms have to focus/limit the attention of…

What Do You Want to Learn About Today?

About a month ago I attended Edcamp Edmonton (#edcampyeg). It was a free Saturday PD day organised and hosted by a group of dedicated and talented teachers from Edmonton and area. It was attended by about 80 teachers from Edmonton and area. It was…

Building Student Ownership

Last year in the grade one classroom I tried to incorporate child-directed learning frequently throughout the school day. I used literacy centres and open-ended learning activities for math and science. And while these parts of the day approached …

Starting the New School Year

The new school year is just around the corner, and I’m finding myself a little more at ease (comfortable) ??? compared to last year, anyhow. Anxious? Certainly. But after successfully completing a full year teaching I have faith that it will all wor…

Under Construction

So, I’ve been thus far using my posterous as a combined personal and professional place to share ideas and pictures. However, with my picture-sharing growing and growing, I find that my more professional thoughts are becoming well hidden in the bl…